Monday, May 7, 2012

"Bel Ami" among the Indiewire's 5 Indie Box Office Summer Showdowns

"Bel Ami" among the Indiewire's 5 Indie Box Office Summer Showdowns

Earlier this week, Indiewire offered our annual summer preview, suggesting 20 films specialty audiences "must see" this season. But we thought might supplement that with some predictions of what people will see.

The summer can be a pretty financially viable time for indies, with previous years seeing big breakouts like "Midnight in Paris" and "The Kids Are All Right" finding some very nice grosses. But instead of a simple list (though you can check out a list of the predicted top 10 indie grossers this summer here), we're looking at 5 of the most notable "indie showdowns" of the summer, starting with the two films that could easily end up grossing more than any other:

2. Robert Pattinson vs. Jane Fonda
The Films: Robert Pattinson period romance "Bel Ami" and Bruce Beresford's "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding," which stars Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen.
The Release Dates: Both June 8th
The Prediction: Neither likely to receive very strong reviews based on responses from debuts at Berlin and Toronto, it might be an uphill battle for both "Ami" and "Understanding." One might think marketable casts will cancel that out, but let's keep in mind Pattinson's "Little Ashes" grossed just $481,586 back in 2009 and Fonda's "Georgia Rule" was a big dud in 2007. Still, it's probable both will cross the $1 million mark, at the very least. And give the overall edge to "Bel Ami." While "Little Ashes" was a Salvador Dalí biopic were R.Patz played gay, "Bel Ami" has the type of sex appeal to woo Pattinson's fan base a bit more. But the real potential for both films? VOD. Both will be released on it ("Ami" well before its theatrical run), and these are the kind of films that tend to do quite well on that format.

Source => Indiewire / Via => Spunk Ransom

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